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* News / Re: At Last College Of Nursing And Midwifery Sciences, Sokoto Commences HND Nursing by gr8ofnnetwork: November 23, 2017, 10:35:14 AM
Thanks for the update. I think there is a mixup in the write up as regard the duration of study.
ND-HND--- 4years
RN-HND.... 1 year.
Thanks for the anticipated clarification
* News / Nursing Dept. concerned capping could drastically reduce mentor availability by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 10:29:05 AM
The Department of Nursing at the University of Malta is concerned with the capping of mentors as per an MUMN agreement, and worried that it might drastically reduce mentor availability. The MUMN however, does not believe this will be the case.

Earlier this month, the MUMN announced that during a meeting held at the Permanent Secretary’s office (Education), it was agreed that the Nurses & Midwives will now be entitled to receive a structured Mentorship Allowance when formally mentoring students from the University of Malta and Northumbria University.

Roberta Sammut, Head of the Department of Nursing, said the MUMN stated that an agreement had been reached for each mentor not to take on more than four students per calendar year.

“Over the past 10 years, there was no capping of the number of students each mentor could take over a period of one year. This capping consequently creates concern as it will drastically reduce mentor availability.  For the system to function effectively and accommodate both educational institutions there should be no capping beyond the limit of two students per mentor at any one particular point in time,” she said.

The Department said it believes that the €250 per student allowance, as agreed by MUMN and government, is “sufficient and is in line with that awarded to other professionals. In line with our proposed views, remuneration should be calculated based on the number of students being mentored.”

Asked whether it had been consulted on the mentors agreement, the department said it had been, initially, “but the final statement issued by MUMN indicates that the recommendations forwarded by the Department have not been taken on board.  The recommendation made by the Department of Nursing in relation to the capping (outlined above) and the system for managing mentors have not been considered.”

“Since its introduction, the mentoring programme was always managed by the Department of Nursing at the UM including recruitment and training of nurses to act as mentors. The Department of Nursing believes that it should continue to manage such mentoring process to ensure that students benefit from a high quality delivery, given that such practical work constitutes 50% of the academic programme.”

The department insisted that it “cannot be divested from the right to oversee aspects which may affect the quality of its programme of studies.”

The department said it has been training mentors since 2004. This programme is offered on a yearly basis and around 40 mentors have been trained every year over the past 11 years. “It is our intent to continue to train our mentors and to retain the right to select mentors in line with the university’s quality assurance mechanisms.”

Asked whether there is a mentor shortage, the Nursing Department said that whilst over the years they have professionally developed many mentors, the department of nursing at the University also loses several mentors as some go out on parental leave; some request to stop temporarily when they move to a new clinical setting or are engaged in bachelors or masters programmes; and many get promoted to either deputy or charge nurse positions, or specialist positions.

“We wish for the mentors to be the staff nurses although we have some charge nurses who remain excellent mentors even though they manage busy wards.  This means that active recruitment of new mentors is an ongoing process to ensure that we do not encounter shortages. In fact there are shortages of mentors in specific clinical areas. The reasons for these localized shortages are multifactorial and include the particular clinical environment as well as motivational issues.”

The department said it was not yet in a position to say whether the new programme at MCAST has resulted in a dip in the number of available mentors.

When asked why the MUMN opted to cap the number of students to four per year, a representative for the nurses’ union said that this guarantees certain professionalism. “We wanted every nurse to have only one student at any one time, so that one can receive proper mentorship.”

Told that the concern is that this system might not see enough mentors for the students, the representative did not believe this would be the case. “If something happens there could be cases where there would be two students per mentor, but where possible one for better individual attention.”

“We will give it a try and if we see something not working, we will meet again and review the situation,” he said.

Specifically asked why they opted to limit the total number of students per mentor per year to four, the representative said that they did not want to risk the possibility of any mentors taking on many students per year just for the money (given the new allowance), not providing the best possible mentorship. “This way we can ensure that the students are receiving the best possible mentorship.”

Recently, a new nursing course was launched in Malta, where MCAST announced that from last October it began offering a new degree course in nursing studies entitled 'Northumbria University Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Studies.' Former Vitals Global Healthcare CEO Armin Ernst had previously said that "Vitals will fund the enterprise for three years to a tune of €2 million"

The MUMN representative said: “Northumbria University will use a system whereby they allocate a student to a nurse during their shift, that way once they graduate they would have already experienced the shift work of a nurse. Such shift work can occur at Mater Dei Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital etc. Today students work from Monday to Friday, not knowing what weekend or night work is, and this results in these students – once they graduate – not wanting to work nights and seeing weekend work from a negative aspect as they are not used to the system. It is important to give them a taste as to what it would be like when they become a nurse, as it seems there is one world for when one is a student, and another for when one becomes a nurse.” He stressed the importance of student nurses experiencing the actual life of a nurse, and avoid the shock factor.

Questions have been sent to the Health Ministry, asking who will be paying the allowance for mentors mentoring students undertaking the Northumbria course at MCAST.

Source : Malta Independent Newspaper
* News / Tamil Nadu: Govt Nurses Demand Regularisation of Services by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 10:08:43 AM
-The nurses demanded removal of the practice of appointment of nurses on contract basis.

Government nurses demanding regularisation of services held talks with officials at the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) on Wednesday. Around 500 government nurses working under the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) staged a protest recently at the premises, demanding permanent appointment by the medical recruitment board. Over 11,000 nurses have completed two years of service.

Director of Public Health Department, Dr Kolandaisamy and Director of Medical Services Dr Inba Sekhar discussed the woes of government nurses along with representatives of Nurses’ Joint Action Committee and Doctors’ Association for Social Equality. Though some demands have been met, the officials asked for a time period of two weeks to put forward the regularisation issue to state government and senior officials of the department.

The nurses demanded removal of the practice of appointment of nurses on  contract basis. “After the completion of the term for two years, we should be given permanent appointment after which we can get the regular pay of Rs 38,000. Outsourcing of nurses on contract basis should not be done and the medical recruitment board should take charge of recruitment of nurses,” said state secretary of nurses association C. Leelavathy.

The nurses also demanded an increment in salary and eight hour shift basis work schedule. They are currently receiving a monthly salary of Rs 7,700 and work for 12 hours a day. The Nurses’ Joint Action Committee extended its support to implement universal minimum wages for nurses in all hospitals in the state.

Director of Medical Services Dr Inba Sekhar said that the demands of the nurses have been recorded and will be represented to state government along with the DME on Thursday.

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* Articles / How to Survive First Year of Nursing Practice : Advice from 10 Newbies by Lee N by Idowu Olabode: November 23, 2017, 09:47:23 AM
Being a newly graduated nurse and starting your first job is a tough road - there are new technologies to learn, life and death situations to deal with, emotional family members to help and Doctor demands to fulfill.

We asked newbie nurses from across the country to share the most valuable lesson they've learned over the past year at their first nursing jobs. Take a look what they said:

1. You Won't Know Everything - And, That's OK.

“One of my co-workers told me, ‘You don’t have to know everything. You just have to know your resources and who to call.’ It will stay with me forever, and it is so true in nursing,” said Maria Becker, who works in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She graduated in 2013 from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.

2. You Will Be On Your Own. A Lot. 

“The most surprising thing to me in my first year as a registered nurse was when I learned that I had so much autonomy,” said Emily Buckley, working in neonatal ICU in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also was a 2013 graduate of Creighton. “Although certain procedures need to take place and certain medications need to be given, every nurse has a different style of tackling the same problem.”

3. Take Your Time And Slow Down.

“I have learned that as a nurse that one must give themselves grace,” said Jacqueline Scott. She graduated May 2016 with a BSN from Duke University. She works in pediatric surgery at University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital.  “One cannot simply be in two places at once or do it all. I give myself grace, knowing that it is a day-to-day, shift-by-shift learning curve.”

4. A Little Gratitude Goes A Long Way.

“I have a new respect for life and am very thankful for mine and my health as I have seen many who are suffering more than I can imagine,” said Amy Jones, who graduated March of 2016 as a registered nurse. She now works as a clinical nurse at Unity Point Clinic in Geneseo, Ill.

5. Always Do What’s Best For Your Patient.

In the clinic, Jones can see 20 plus patients in an 8-hour period. “I learned I dislike giving kids shots. But I tell myself it is for the best.”

6. You’ll Change - In All Aspects Of Life. 

“I discovered the things that make me tick. I learned how I am rejuvenated, what I find important in friendship, and how to stand up for my values and beliefs,” Becker said.

7. Self-Care Is Not An Option. It’s A Necessity.

“I would encourage each and every new nurse to take care of themselves by eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep and exercise,” Buckley said. “This is an extremely emotional job, and if I didn’t learn how to take care of myself early on, I would not be near the nurse I am today.”

8. A Bad Shift Does NOT Make You A Bad Nurse.

“There are days where you feel so accomplished and proud of your work,” Buckley said. “Other days, you feel as though you’ve failed your patient and their family. It’s important to remind yourself your reasons for wanting to be a nurse in the first place, and realize that some days will be better than others.”

9. There Is No Such Thing As A “Stupid” Question.

“Teamwork is huge,” Jones said. “I ask lots of questions as I don’t want to make a mistake and have so much to learn. Nursing school does not prepare you for what nursing entails. Every patient, every situation is different, even if they have the same illness.”

10. Take The Time To Listen To Your Patient.

“Always listen to the patient. If they say they don’t feel right, then they don’t feel right, and you better get prepared as something may be about ready to change,” Jones said.

Jones started her nursing schooling later in life after watching both of her parents die and watching over a very ill son. 

“This all sparked an interest for me in the medical field. I feel this has made me a better nurse when it comes to bedside manner,” she said. “I guess I felt I haven’t done all I want to do before I die. I want to make a difference. I can’t save everyone like I like to, but I am going to do my best to do what I can for them.”

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* Postgraduates / Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-ife 2017/2018 Postgraduate Admission Form on Sale by katty: November 22, 2017, 10:12:44 PM
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into Full-time and Part-time Postgraduate Programmes for Harmattan Semester, 2017/2018 academic session.
Postgraduate Diploma (PGD); Professional Masters (MBA, MPA, MIR, MM Psych, LL.M. etc); Masters with Research Thesis (M.Sc., M.A, M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

(a) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
(i) Full-Time – 2 Semesters
(b) Master Degree Programmes
 Full-Time Master Degree by Course work and Long Essay/Project - 3 Semesters
 Full-Time Master Degree by Coursework and Research Thesis - 4 Semesters
(c) Ph.D. Programmes
(i) Full-Time Minimum Duration – 6 Semesters
(ii) Part-Time Minimum Duration – 8 semesters (for Staff only)
(a) Postgraduate Diploma Programmes
 An Applicant for admission to Postgraduate Diploma of the University shall be:
(i) a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University with at least 3rd Class Degree.
(ii) a graduate of any other approved University with a minimum of 2nd Class (Lower Division)
(b) Master Degree Programmes:
An Applicant shall normally possess not lower than Second Class (Lower Division)
Honours Degree of the Obafemi Awolowo University or any other approved University.
(c) Master of Philosophy Degree Programmes:
An Applicant shall possess first class or very strong second class (Upper Division) with CGPA of 4.0 and above.
(d) Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programmes
 An applicant for admission to the Ph.D. Degree programme shall be:
A graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University or any other approved University who possesses a Master Degree with research thesis and a weighted coursework average which shall normally be not less than 60% (B+).
In addition to the admission requirements as published, ALL Candidates should please note that in accordance with the University regulations, they must satisfy the O’ Level requirements for matriculation into first degree programmes of the Obafemi Awolowo University, i.e. Five Credit passes at not more than two sittings including English Language and mathematics (where required).
All Applicants are required to prepare for a screening examination exercise

Candidates can conveniently complete the application forms and pay by taking the following steps:
(a) Step 1: Log on to our admission website
Step 2: Create an online account, e-mail will be sent with additional details including a system-generated password.
Step 3: With the e-mail and password combination, applicants should sign in and accurately fill the pages of the application form.
Step 4: Application processing fee can be paid using either ATM/Nigerian Debit Cards or the OAU Postgraduate Online application Scratch Cards (Details will be sent via e-mail).
Step 5: Applicants should forward the following relevant documents in support of their applications.
(i) Photocopy of University Degree Certificate
(ii) Photocopy of NYSC Discharge Certificate
(iii) Photocopy of O’Level Result
(iv) The original transcript obtained from the Applicant’s University plus duly completed downloaded Obafemi Awolowo University Postgraduate
College Transcript Label; (i)-(iv) must be properly addressed to:
Admission Officer,
Postgraduate College,
Obafemi Awolowo University,
(v) Kindly note that another set of relevant documents in support of their applications as specified in (i)-(iv) should also be forwarded to the Head of Department of their choice.
Additional Information
1. ATM Cards for all banks on the InterSwitch network are supported.
2. Application processing fee for all regular programmes costs N15,000.00 (Fifteen thousand Naira only) while all Professional programmes costs N20,000.00 (Twenty thousand Naira Only).
3. The progress of completed application forms can be monitored online and notification will be sent to applicants once decisions are made on the applications.
4. Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by e-mail.
(a) For additional information, visit the Postgraduate College Website at
(b) Sponsors such as employment agencies, Ministries, Corporations, Parastatals and Foreign Missions should advise their candidates to apply personally for application forms and multiple applications will lead to cancellation of all applications forwarded.
(c) Any candidate currently registered on a Postgraduate programme in this University and who applies for admission into another postgraduate programme without such a disclosure on the application form and who fails to duly withdraw from such a current programme with the approval of Senate, will automatically forfeit his studentship under the existing University Regulation.
(d) Applications without Transcripts will not be considered.
Duly completed Application forms must be submitted online on or before 31st December,2017.
* Any applicant whose original transcript does not reach us before the admission exercise begins “will not be admitted”.
* Successful candidates will receive their letters of admissions through their e-mail addresses supplied.
Dotun Awoyemi
* News / Communique: International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria Workshop by katty: November 22, 2017, 10:06:48 PM
A four day workshop/training was just concluded at Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna organized by International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria. The communique issued at the end of the workshop/training has been made available.
Below is the full text of the communique:
Communique Presented at the End of the International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria’s Training/Workshop
The International Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigeria (IAPNN) is an international, charitable, non-profitable organisation spread all over the globe in members in diaspora.
The International Association of Psychiatric Nurses Of Nigeria (IAPNN) in collaboration with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN) held a workshop and training on the theme: Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression in Mental Health from the 13th – 16th of November, 2017 in Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa Kaduna with participants from all the state of the federation.
We appreciate the Government of Kaduna State and the management of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna for their warm reception and for providing a conducive enabling environment for the hosting of this workshop.
Also, we thank the IAPNN officials for sparing time to ensure that the Psychiatric Nurses in Nigeria are brought to par with counterparts at other parts of the world through the invaluable training provided at this workshop especially the practical sessions.
At the end of the deliberation, the following recommendations have been put forward:
* Federal Government and African leaders should ensure that poverty is alleviated in order to avoid unnecessary anger and aggression. For as the saying goes “a hungry man is an angry man”
* Mental health experts should be involved in the planning and establishment of mental health facilities.
* Unique uniform outfit i.e scrubs for mental health nurses should be designed to fit psychiatric setting to foster efficiency in the line of care and promote speedy provision of services.
* We call upon the Federal Government and National Assembly to expedite actions in ensuring that the Mental Health Bill is passed and signed into law in Nigeria to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of mental health services.
* IAPNN should partner with Federal and State Government as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for better provision of mental health services.
* Families, religious groups and political leaders should de-escalate aggressiveness and violence by avoiding hate speeches, and abhor allegiance to groups.
* Peace and optimal functioning should be encouraged to avoid aggressive and violent environment.
* Members of the mental health team should always avert anger and disagreements so that expressions must be within acceptable range without violence.
* Hospital management and leaders should implement violence prevention programmes and ensure its commitment to avoid crisis in work place.
* Dissemination of mental health information to the grassroots and the decentralizations of mental health seminars/workshops in order to avoid/prevent stigmatizations.
* Mental health nurses should be involved in the management of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and inmates and adequate facilities should be made available because they are already traumatized and need proper nursing care.
* The training/workshop should be stepped down in all units at different levels to enhance professionalism.
* News / At Last College Of Nursing And Midwifery Sciences, Sokoto Commences HND Nursing by katty: November 22, 2017, 10:02:42 PM
The College of Nursing and Midwfery Sciences, Sokoto, Sokoto state has conducted its orientation of the first set of HND Nursing program.
The college is among the few colleges in Nigeria to start the program which is a milestone development to Nursing profession. Major members of the college management were at the orientation program to counsel and advise the students.
The HND Nursing program is a four year program which was introduced early this year  by the Nursing and Midwfery Council of Nigeria during the Nursing leaders conference at Kaduna.
The program is aimed at helping Nurses with Registered Nurse (RN) certificates to further their education with ease and attain both educational and professional progress.
After the program Nurses are set for the NYSC. The College of Nursing and Midwfery Sciences Sokoto is currently running all Nursing programs including Refresher Courses and Community Midwifery.
The incumbent Registrar of the Nursing and Midwfery Council of Nigeria Alh Faruq Abubakar Wurno was the former and immediate provost of the college.
It is believed that other colleges of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences in the country will follow suit in the commencement of the program.
Report sent in by Bilyaminu Bala Yahya From Sokoto state
* Nursing Jobs / Multispecialist Hospital Vacancies For Nurses in Lagos by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 06:31:08 PM
A Multispecialist hospital in lekki phase one off admiralty lagos is currerntly recruiting for registered nurses.
Qualification -
Registered Nurses
Method Of Application:
Please send your credentials to
* Nursing Jobs / Qualified and Experienced Staff Nurse/ Midwife Vacancies at Mercy Group Clinics by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 06:26:31 PM
Mercy Group Clinics, Abeokuta is recruiting suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:
Position: Qualified and Experienced Staff Nurse/ Midwife
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun
* Candidates should possess Registrable qualifications with the appropriate council
* Experience in Special Studies is required
Application Closing Date
6th December, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications to: 
The Medical Director,
Mercy Group Clinics,
Mercy Hospital Road,
Panseke, Abeokuta,
Ogun State.
* News / ICN President Speaks at High-Level Forum on Human Resources for Health by Idowu Olabode: November 22, 2017, 06:23:48 PM
Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), joined other high-level speakers at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health held in Dublin, Ireland, 13-17 November 2017.
With the theme, Building the health workforce of the future, the Forum was the largest open conference on human resources for health-related issues, gathering over 1,000 delegates from 90 countries across the globe.

The Forum concluded with the Dublin Declaration on Human Resources for Health, a multi-sectoral and multistakeholder declaration for improved governance, strategic investments and financing for an effective, performing and sustainable workforce.
Mrs Kennedy spoke at the Closing Plenary, Working for Health: Galvanizing Commitment, Change and Accountability along with other representatives of a variety of constituents to pledge commitment to the Dublin Declaration. Other stakeholders who pledged commitment in this closing session included Isabelle Casanga, Youth Forum representative from the Malawi College of Medicine; Professor Paul Worley, National Rural Health Commissioner, Australia; Francis Omaswa from the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation; and Jim Campbell, Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization and Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance.
Mrs Kennedy welcomed the collective political commitment demonstrated at the Forum. She pledged ICN’s commitment to seeing that the Dublin Declaration is implemented, and emphasized the need for accountability in relation to health care as well as the need for policy makers to involve the people delivering the service - the nurses and other health professionals - as they are the ones who know the needs of the population. The ICN President referenced some of the case studies from the ICN’s 2017 International Nurses Day resource, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlighted the Nursing Now Campaign and the need to raise awareness about the role of nurses in achieving the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage. She also spoke about the need to support retention of the workforce by improving working conditions and building capacity in our own countries to prevent the movement of nurses from low income countries to high income countries through aggressive recruitment.
With the aim of advancing the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and the recommendations of the UN High level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and the SDGs, the Forum facilitated special sessions to debate and discuss health workforce issues of global relevance including; emergency preparedness and response, antimicrobial resistance, and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 initiative amongst others.
Featuring high-impact decision-makers, leaders, and investors representing all stakeholder groups, the Forum aimed to promote innovations in policy, practice and research and promote the engagement of HRH stakeholder groups in learning, knowledge sharing, networking andcollaborative actions.
The Forum was convened by the Department of Health, Ireland; The Health Service Executive; Irish Aid; Trinity College Dublin; the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Network. Co-sponsors included Member States and supporting organisations engaged in the work of the Global Health Workforce Network.
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